Fish just so happen to be the third most popular pet in the United States, with almost 12% of households owning at least one. Not only are they less maintenance than a puppy, but they are calming to look at. When it comes to their habitat, however, creating a unique and geeky environment for your pet fish can be a great idea.
From interchangeable themes to an eco-friendly mission and even turning your aquarium into a new hobby, here are some of the most unique and geeky ideas for your home aquarium.
Having a themed aquarium is perhaps one of the best ways to have fun with being a pet fish owner, though there’s much more to it than that. Because you can theme your aquarium however you like, there are endless possibilities to make your aquarium uniquely yours. Luckily, there are a wide variety of themed aquarium decorations out there — from underwater Superman statues to Pirates of the Caribbean, holidays, and more, allowing you to decorate (and collect) based on your current interests. And, when you get tired of your theme, you can easily change it the next time you clean your tank. For freshwater aquariums though, how often depends on a number of factors, such as tank size, number of fish, and so forth.
An eco-friendly mission
While many may not realize it, home aquariums can leave a negative impact on the environment in a number of ways. For example, plastic decorations (such as plastic plants) can contribute to the world’s ever-present plastic pollution, and any lighting used does take electricity — even though it might not be much. In fact, even the fish themselves may not be eco-friendly, as many saltwater fish in the U.S. are caught by using harsh chemicals like cyanide, which leaves a negative impact on the environment by damaging the coral reefs and surrounding wildlife.
Thankfully, there are a number of ways you can create an environmentally-friendly habitat for your fish. For instance, you can decorate with natural aquatic plants and driftwood instead of plastic plants, use LED lights, and do your research to ensure that the fish you’re getting was caught in a sustainable way. Creating your own eco-friendly aquarium is not only one of a million ways to positively impact the environment, but can also become a passion project that you can definitely feel good about.
Making it a hobby
Being a pet fish owner can undoubtedly be a rewarding experience, but can be even more so when you make it into a hobby. For instance, doing your research and experimenting with different decor, tanks, and even fish can not only allow you to be more knowledgeable on the subject, but can allow your inner geek to shine by giving you something new to delve into — not to mention you’ll be able to create the perfect aquarium tailored to your personality and needs.
A pet fish can make a great companion, though there are several ways you can make pet ownership even more fun with some unique ideas. From creating an eco-friendly aquarium to decorating the tank with unique themes and even turning it into a hobby, owning a pet fish can be a truly enjoyable experience.
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